We teamed up with Alliant Energy in April to inform homeowners about our energy-, cost- and space-saving HVAC solution. We recently got together again to show how any homeowner can experience the benefits of our ductless systems.
Whatever the job calls for – a single-room application or a whole-home solution – our ductless systems will deliver. Watch the PowerHouse segment below to learn more:
Scary movies and parking gates can cause unexpected, uncomfortable situations. Forgetting an anniversary can, too. What shouldn’t? An HVAC system.
“Monthaversary” features professional golfer, Fred Couples, in an uncomfortable situation. Homeowners can be uncomfortable when their HVAC systems fail to keep them cool in the summer. We can put you back in your comfort zone with the right system.
No need to remember to adjust the thermostat on a hot summer day. Our systems maintain the desired temperature. If a homeowner forgets to turn the system off before a week-long vacation, no problem – they can control their systems remotely from any Internet-enabled device with a RedLINK™-enabled controller.
Watch ‘Monthaversary’ to hear why our systems are ideal for the preoccupied customer.
The most sought-after event in the commercial real estate industry has finally arrived. This weekend, June 28-30 in Los Angeles, Every Building Conference & Expo 2015 will play host to some of the industry’s leading facility managers, engineers, architects and investors.
Coinciding with the celebration of Building Owners and Managers Association International’s 100th anniversary, the annual conference is a career-advancing opportunity for entrepreneurs and property professionals at every level who are serious about creating success in the office, industrial and mixed-use property management industries. Jay Leno will kick off the event on Sunday, June 28, showing off the best Los Angeles has to offer.
If you need more proof of the industry-leading innovation behind the H2i MSZ-FH system, you got it. Now has named it a winner of its 2015 Excellence in Design Award! The annual award program recognizes outstanding new products based on their aesthetics, human factors and technical merits. This award win underscores that the H2i MSZ-FH is not only a reliable heating system but an innovative, highly beneficial year-round comfort solution.
Where can you find valuable insight on the building industry, details on the latest developments in the HVAC sector and perspectives from top industry professionals all in one place? Our Architect and Engineer E-Newsletters.
Our goal for the digital publications is to help building professionals stay up-to-speed on the evolving cooling and heating landscape and remain ahead of the competition.
We want to ensure that we’re meeting our goal and equipping readers with the right tools and knowledge they need to succeed. If you have five minutes to spare, you can help us find out! Take our five-question Architect or Engineer survey and tell us what you’d like to read in upcoming issues.
What is a HERS rating and how can it help you buy or sell your home? Watch the video below to find out.
Created by the Residential Energy Service Network, a HERS rating defines how energy-efficient your home is. The lower the HERS score, the better. Our energy-efficient products contribute to lower HERS scores. Our products benefit sellers by increasing the home’s appeal and help buyers by minimizing energy usage and costs.
Gwinnett Business Radio recently featured our Senior Residential Marketing Manager, Mike Smith, on its “BUSINESS MATTERS” radio show. The show was hosted by Steve Damerow, founder and CEO, Incentive Solutions.
Steve and Mike kicked off the interview with a discussion on our company and history in Georgia; particularly, how our presence in Gwinnett County has grown in the past 20 years and how our presence in the U.S. continues to grow.
A major driver in that expansion, as Mike explained, is our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems. Mike went on to explain the benefits of the advanced alternative to traditional cooling and heating systems, like zone control, and the energy and cost savings that come with our systems. Mike also discussed how we are investing in technical trade schools and centers around the country to help contractors learn more about our industry-leading technologies. You can learn more about these training centers and courses here.
Educational facilities across the country are going green. Recycling clubs, organic gardens, green roofs and sustainable dining programs are becoming campus staples. More and more institutions are adopting environmentally conscious practices and technologies for a simple reason: to minimize operational costs in order to maximize the educational experience.
Here are some of the ways that sustainable HVAC solutions benefit educational facilities:
Cost Savings. When school is in session, cooling and heating systems provide a comfortable learning environment. When school is not in session, the systems safeguard the building from the damaging effects from extreme heat, freezing temperatures and excessive humidity. With an energy-efficient HVAC system, all of this is done at a reduced cost. When Falmouth Elementary School, Stafford, Virginia, installed our VRF zoning systems, their operating costs decreased by 40 percent and their energy costs fell by 25 percent – a savings of $70,000 per year.
Utility Rebates. Many utility companies offer financial incentives for purchasing qualified energy-efficient systems. Our VRF solutions have contributed to astounding utility rebates for a number of commercial projects – Towson City Center got back $421,999; Union Mill, $164,258; 909 Kapiolani, $70,000; Residence Inn® by Marriott®, $27,000.
Tax Incentives. The Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D) is a deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for companies designing or renovating energy-efficient buildings for the government. Participating schools have received free energy assessments and been able to offer designers and contractors a potential tax deduction for their sustainable design solutions.
The Hollis Montessori School, Hollis, New Hampshire, is a good model for how an educational facility can improve energy efficiency with an environmentally friendly HVAC solution and, in turn, improve its students’ educational experience. Our H2i® system creates not only a healthy environment in which the students can learn but an unparalleled academic experience. Teachers incorporate the building’s energy usage into lessons and students are encouraged to interact with the system’s monitoring equipment. As far as the savings go, Hollis Montessori School’s annual electricity bill is just $4,500 – an 85 percent energy savings, says the school’s energy consultant. The school has an even bigger achievement to tout – it’s the first independent school in the country to earn Passive House certification.
Luxury apartments are popping up everywhere these days, each bigger and better than the next. A swimming pool, audio recording studio, rooftop event spaces, spas and wine vaults all sound nice from a renter’s point-of-view. From an HVAC perspective, however, these amenities can pose the ultimate challenge.
The 101 Bedford apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York is a 340,000-square-foot facility with 351 luxury apartments. The building needed an HVAC system that could accommodate the loads demanded by its top-of-the-line amenities. The system also had to be discreet, user friendly and have energy allocation capabilities to match its luxurious design.
David Glickman, president, Glickman Engineering Associates PLLC, determined Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was the only possible choice that would satisfy all of 101 Bedford’s requirements – precise control, quiet operation, low energy consumption, heat recovery and ease of installation. He promptly selected our VRF system due to its sophisticated control network. The owner had experienced the difficulties of tenant billing from a previous project, a 98-unit apartment building. Our network calculates the energy used by each apartment, keeping track of all BTU’s for cooling and heating and thus making issues with billing tenants obsolete.
101 Bedford is now more than just a high-end place to live. It is an icon of indoor environmental control, comfort and convenience.
To read more about 101 Bedford, you can access the case study here.
Paul Doppel is our senior director of industry and government relations. He works closely with AHRI, the DOE and other government organizations, utility companies as well as green building groups to enhance HVAC technology education and applications.
We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of regulatory action over the past few years. The demand for actions that support a sustainable future grows stronger every day. HVACR regulations are constantly undergoing revisions as a result. It’s paramount to stay informed in order to keep up with these demands, and part of my job is to help.
For starters, see a rundown on what’s happening on Capitol Hill below.
The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power has raised concerns with the EPA’s rulemaking, which targets certain refrigerants as greenhouse gases and prohibits their use in many applications, including product-development costs and the risk in using unproven, alternative compounds.
ASHRAE 188P is close to becoming a published standard. It requires a commercial building to have a water management program with Legionella control measures if it has:
A device that releases droplets into the air (think cooling towers, evaporative condensers, spas, fountains, misters and humidifiers).
Multiple housing units with a centralized hot water system.
More than 10 stories.
A majority of the occupants over 65 years of age.
Patients who stay more than 24 hours.
Patients at a greater risk of contracting Legionnaire’s disease.
President Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2016, which is projected to yield roughly $4.6 billion in annual energy savings by 2030. The Act includes four budget-neutral provisions:
Commercial building owners and tenants are to align interests to reduce energy consumption.
Certain electric resistance thermal storage water heaters are exempted from pending DOE regulation.
Federal agencies must develop an implementation strategy for the maintenance, purchase and use of energy-saving technologies.
Federally leased buildings without ENERGY STAR labels must disclose their energy usage data.
Two bills have been referred to the Senate for voting:
Bill HR 636 will revise Section 179 to make the $500,000 allowance for expensing depreciable business property permanent. It will also add HVAC equipment to the definition of qualified property.
Bill HR 185 will require a thorough analysis of any new proposed regulations, including a cost-benefit analysis and increased public participation.
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